On February 23, 2018, the Embassy of Ukraine in Nicosia held an event dedicated to the Fourth Anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, which opened a new page in the modern history of the country.
The event was attended by many Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps of the Republic of Cyprus, parties representatives, businessmen, as well as the Cypriot community.
During the event an Exhibition of the Photographs from the Revolution of Dignity by Ukrainian photographer Valentyn Ogirenko was presented. More than 20 photographs of the Ukrainian photographer portrayed the course of events during the Revolution as well as its tragic pages.
Also, the short documentary about the Revolution was played.
The Ambassador of Ukraine Mr. Borys Humeniuk in his speech told the background of this Revolution, which opened a new "European" page in the history of Ukraine, and also drew attention to the cruelty against participants of the demonstrations in Kyiv, which caused numerous victims among innocent people.
In February Ukraine commemorates those 100 people named Heavenly Hundred who were brutally killed on the central square of Kyiv by snipers of the Special Forces on the order of the then “pro-Russian” president Viktor Yanukovych. Protests originally erupted in November 2013 after Yanukovych refused to sign a political association and free trade agreement with the European Union. Particularly, on November 21, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issued an order “… to suspend the process of preparation of the Association Agreement with the EU.”
The public did not take long to react. From November 2013 to February 2014 the citizens of Ukraine took to the streets to protest against the corrupt, authoritarian regime of Yanukovych. On the Kyiv Independence Square, and on city squares throughout the country, the people of Ukraine claimed their unalienable right to liberty and justice. Their demand of their government was simple – to be treated with Dignity. The brave demonstrators were met with state-ordered violence and in February 2014, the regime opened fire against its own people an many of them paid the ultimate price in the battle for a free and democratic Ukraine.